Netgate 5100

The Netgate® 5100 security gateway appliance with pfSense® Plus software is a robust and future-proof device that covers a broad spectrum of networking needs. This high-performance solution is suitable for home, small business, and enterprise-class applications. With a Quad Core Intel® 2.2 GHz CPU with integrated AES-NI and QAT (QuickAssist Technology), (6) independent 1 GbE ports, and 4 GB of upgradable DDR4 RAM, the 5100 tackles demanding firewall/router/VPN performance needs with memory and storage upgradeability, robust encryption handling, and the ability to run either pfSense Plus (performance numbers shown) or TNSR Software.

The Netgate 5100 is a high-performance multi-gigabit desktop appliance as a result of its Quad Core 2.2 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, and (6) independent 1 GbE ports. The integrated QuickAssist Technology provides uncompromising encryption throughput.


CPU: Quad Core 2.2 GHz Intel Atom CPU, with integrated AES-NI and QAT (QuickAssist Technology) significantly improves encrypted throughput and increases RAM performance by up to 50%.

Network Ports: 6 Independent 1 GbE Ports provide up to 3.8 Gbps / 1.3 Mpps throughput with real-world IMIX traffic across six flexibly configurable ports.

Storage: 8 GB eMMC Flash onboard (upgradable)

Memory: 4 GB DDR4 RAM, DDR4 memory allows more stable, higher transfer rates for memory-intensive applications (e.g. IDS/IPS). Our hardware flexibility allows you to upgrade your memory at any time to 16GB, future-proofing this appliance.

Cooling: The passive cooling system and low power draw of the Netgate 5100 provides efficient thermal management and silent operation expected from smaller devices despite its significantly higher performance.


CPUIntel “Denverton” Atom C3558 2.2 GHz with Intel QuickAssist & AES-NI
CPU Cores4 Cores
Networking4x GbE RJ45 Intel® SoC Integrated MAC
2 x GbE RJ45 Intel® i210
Storage8 GB eMMC Flash onboard
Memory4 GB DDR4 2400 MHz DIMM (max 16 GB, 1x 260-pin SODIMM)
Expansion1x Mini-PCIe (PCIe), 1x M.2 2242 Keyed B/B+M (USB 3.0/SATA), 1x Nano SIM
Console Port1x Mini USB
USB Ports2x USB 3.0
 LEDPower/Status/Storage Activity
Form FactorDesktop
CoolingFanless, Passive CPU Heatsink
 PowerInput: DC jack with threaded barrel connector
External ITE P/S AC/DC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 60W
AC Inlet: IEC320-C14 (3 PIN)
US Power Cord included
Environmental32°F (0°C) to 122°F (50°C) Operating
Humidity 5~90% Operating
Power ConsumptionTBD
CertificationsRoHS, CE/FCC Class B
EN 55032: 2015 Class B
AS/NZS CISPR 32: 2015 Class B
CISPR 32: 2015 Class B
EN 61000-3-2: 2014 Class A
EN 61000-3-3: 2013
EN 55024: 2010 +A1: 2015Looking for RCM certification? Inquire with our Australia or New Zealand Partners.

All specifications subject to change without notice.


L3 Forwarding

  • IPERF3 Traffic: 3.76 Gbps (321.232 kpps)
  • IMIX Traffic: 3.83 Gbps (1.3134 Mpps)


(10k ACLs)

  • IPERF3 Traffic: 3.75 Gbps (321.404 kpps)
  • IMIX Traffic: 2.50 Gbps (858.9 kpps)


(AES-GCM-128 w/QAT)

  • IPERF3 Traffic: 1.92 Gbps (171.919 kpps)
  • IMIX Traffic: 502 Mbps (172.2 kpps)

Netgate 5100 performance tests conducted with pfSense plus software version 21.05 RC

The Netgate 5100 is also compatible with TNSR software. TNSR is a high-performance software router capable of producing 2.4 Gbps of IPsec VPN performance (IMIX traffic) on the 5100, more than 4X the throughput of pfSense Plus.


Key Features


  • No artificial limits or add-ons required to make your system fully functional.
  • No additional usage or feature-based pricing. Enjoy unlimited users, unlimited firewall rules, unlimited IPsec tunnels, dual WAN, etc.
  • Low power requirements to help save you money.
  • This system is designed for a long deployment lifetime.


  • From firewall to Unified Threat Management, get all the security features you need to protect your home or business.
  • Flexible configuration and support for multi-WAN, high availability, VPN, load balancing, reporting and monitoring, etc.
  • Add optional packages such as Snort or Suricata for IDS/IPS and network security monitoring, Squid for optimized content delivery and SquidGuard for anti-spam/anti-phishing and URL filtering. 1 
  • Maximum Active Connections: 4,000,000


  • Manage pfSense Plus software settings through our web-based GUI.
  • No fumbling with a command line interface or typing arcane commands.


  • Connect via encrypted Virtual Private Networks (VPN) between your offices, let mobile workers connect security, or connect to the Cloud!
  • Use the built-in Amazon VPC Wizard to easily establish VPN connections with your Amazon EC2 cloud.

Best For:

  • Consumers
  • Remote Workers
  • Small to Medium-Sized Business Networks
  • Small to Medium-Sized Branch Office
  • Managed Service Provider / Managed Security Service Provider (MSP/MSSP) On-Premises Appliance
  • Enterprise
  • Everyone looking for great performance with no fan noise
  • Situations where a rack mount system is not an option
  • Anyone with High-Speed Gigabit Connections 
  • Many VPN Connections

Software Features

pfSense Plus software is a powerful firewall, router and VPN solution that leverages a number of highly-regarded open-source projects. The software competes effectively with far more expensive, commercial alternatives and is used by hundreds of thousands of businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies all over the world. Leading secure-networking features and capabilities include:

  • Ad blocker (pfBlockerNG)
  • Captive Portal
  • CARP / HA
  • DNS Server
  • DHCP Server
  • HTTP transparent / web / reverse proxy (Squid)
  • IP / Country block list (pfBlocker)
  • Packet capture / inspection
  • Port forwarding
  • QOS / rate limiters
  • Software load balancer (HA Proxy)
  • Traffic monitoring
  • Traffic logging, statistics, and graphs
  • Traffic shaping
  • VLAN
  • Wake-on-LAN
  • Website blocker (pfBlocker)